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Friday, February 15 2013
Obadiah: A Prophecy Of Edom
Obadiah, from the Hebrew name pronounced oh-bawd-yah (or oh-bawd-yaw-hoo), meaning servant of the LORD (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), was a prophet of the LORD primarily to Edom, the nation named after Esau, the brother of Jacob (the LORD changed Jacob's name to Israel - see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel).
"25:21 And Isaac [see A Biography Of Abraham: Isaac] entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived [see also Who Chose Rebekah?]. 25:22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD. 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Esau came to be called Edom as a result of the well-known incident involving a bowl of stew:
"25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.
In the time of Obadiah, the nation of Edom (i.e. nations originate from families; they are native to their nativity), which was located to the southeast of the land of Israel, had allied themselves with the Babylonians against their cousins of Israel and Judah (as documented in the Scriptures quoted above, the people of Edom/Esau are as much descended from Abraham and Isaac as the people of Israel are).
"1:1 The vision of Obadiah.
Edom was going to experience upon themselves, from foreign armies, what they had conspired with foreign armies to do to Israel.
"1:6 How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up! 1:7 All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.
The prophecy to Edom was actually a lesson to all nations of all time to not take opportunistic advantage of something that does not involve them i.e. "neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction" (verse 12 above). The LORD was soon to bring about the destruction of Judah by the Babylonians, because of Judah's corruption (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah), but Edom was "riding the coat tails" of the Babylonians for their own spite against Israel (perhaps going all the way back to the "stew" incident with Jacob and Esau).
Obadiah concluded his prophecy with a view of the time after the return of Jesus Christ when "Zion" will be secure from attack or conspiracy (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).
"1:15 For the day of the LORD [see What Is The Day Of The LORD?] is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
Studies For The Book Of Obadiah
Fact Finder: Although their descendants became hostile, did Jacob and Esau make peace with each other?
This Day In History, February 15
1763: The Treaty of Hubertusburg was signed. It ended the conflict between Austria and Prussia (not to be confused with Russia - Prussia is in Germany) in the Seven Years' War.
1764: St. Louis was founded as a French trading post, named after French King Louis IX (although many regard the loo-ee pronunciation to be slang, it's actually much closer to the original French-accent name than the later English loo-iss). "Missouri" was named after a tribe of Sioux people, the Missouris, who lived in the region.
1898: The Spanish-U.S. War began after the U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor. There was no sign of attack upon the ship; many believe that the ship's own 5 tons of gunpowder stores were accidentally detonated (as happened to other such warships where gunpowder was stored in bulk).
1922: The Permanent Court of International Justice, at The Hague in the Netherlands, held its first session. Established to address "crimes against humanity," the court has remained ineffective for war crimes committed by war-mongering nations because many of the greatest war criminals have refuge in their militarily-powerful nations that refuse to deliver them to "foreign" justice - while they themselves have subjected other nations to their "foreign" courts and tribunals during their rampage of invasions. There will however be no escape, for anyone, from God's Justice in due time - all are going to answer to the LORD for all of the evil that they have done, including those who have done their evil in God's Name (see So, You Think You Got Away With It?).
1928: Herbert Asquith died at age 76. Mr. Asquith served as the Prime Minister of Britain from 1908 to 1916, and as such was the leader of Britain during the first 2 years of the First World War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1940: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland), Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) ordered that all British merchant ships would be considered warships.
1942: After having their supplies of ammunition and food cut off, British and allied forces surrendered to the Japanese in Singapore - the single most catastrophic (but temporary) defeat in British military history; over 130,000 British, Canadian, Australian, and Indian troops were taken prisoner.
1944: U.S. warplanes bombed the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy.
1950: Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung signed a Russian-Chinese mutual defense treaty in Moscow.
1954: Canada and the U.S. began construction of the Distant Early Warning Line ("the DEW Line"), a network of radar stations in the Arctic of Canada and Alaska to detect incoming Russian nuclear bombers. The system soon became obsolete upon the invention, just a few years later, of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as short-range nuclear missiles that can be fired from submarines a few miles off the east and west coasts of the entire continent of North America).
1965: Canada adopted the "Maple Leaf" as its new national flag (the Maple Leaf had already been a national symbol of Canada long before that time).
1971: Britain converted to decimal currency from pounds, shillings and pence.
1989: The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The invasion was condemned and protested by the U.S., until the U.S. invaded Afghanistan itself a few years later.
1990: Britain and Argentina restored full diplomatic ties, affirming reconciliation after their 1982 war for the Falkland Islands.
2003: An estimated 30 million people, in 600 cities all around the world, protested (the largest peace demonstration in history) the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war that followed. A few years later, it was proven that the protestors were correct, and that George W. Bush's justification for the war was totally false - no "weapons of mass destruction" were ever found in Iraq, and Iraq had nothing at all to do with the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were committed by men from Saudi Arabia (Osama bin-Laden was a Saudi-Arabian) and Pakistan - ironically, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, from which the 9-11 terrorists originated, were not invaded and are proclaimed as "allies in the war against terror," while Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded and devastated. Perhaps the greatest irony of all is that, while there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a murderer of his own people, captured documents prove that Saddam Hussein not only did not aid the al-Qaeda terrorist group, he actually regarded them as a threat to Iraq.